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The Latest On Our Church Planting Adventure


In October, I shared the big news that Holly and I would be moving to North Carolina to pursue a new church planting journey. This was a move that had been in the works for quite some time. I had been dreaming about this day with my best friend, Mitch Lunceford, since our college days. I always had full confidence that he would one day become an incredible lead pastor. So, when he approached me with the news that the dream was finally coming to pass, I knew that this was an opportunity that we could not miss.

On December 1st, Holly and I stepped out on faith, loaded up a U-Haul, and moved to Greensboro, NC to be a part of this new church – Piedmont Chapel. Leaving our home, family, and a full-time ministry position to move nearly seven hours away was a big deal, but it has been so worth it. Being able to build this church from the ground up has been such an incredible process. There’s nothing like seeking God’s guidance for something that’s so much bigger than yourself. We have given more thought, creative energy, and downright hard work to this church than anything we’ve ever done.

I’m happy to report that things have been going great! We have grown our Launch Team to over 30 people and we’re connecting with new families in Greensboro almost daily. People in our area genuinely seem excited when we share our plans with them. We’ve locked in an amazing location for services and we just spent a week with Portable Church Industries planning how to use it to its fullest potential. We’re even pioneering some really creative video elements into our services that I believe are going to help portable churches everywhere. God has truly blessed us and honored our hard work.

Check out our latest video to see our progress:

Piedmont Chapel – Our Story Begins Here from Piedmont Chapel on Vimeo.

With great vision comes a great need for resources. After a lot of planning, we set our Launch Budget at $100,000. As of today, we’re already over halfway there! Please prayerfully consider investing in this life-giving church by helping us fulfill our Launch Budget.

Holly and I put it all on the line to pursue this dream. If you have been blessed by the ministry that we do here at The Creative Pastor, I’d ask you to consider giving to help us turn this vision into a reality. It may be just $5, $10, or $20, but it could make a huge difference to us as we launch this church.

Please keep us in your prayers as we move forward on this great journey. We’re believing God for amazing things as we spread His “love story” in our new city.

Find out how to get involved here.
Give online to Piedmont Chapel here.

Creative Ministry Toolbox: ProPresenter 5


Creative Ministry Toolbox is a new, weekly segment that highlights one of our favorite tools that we use in the creative department of our church. Have a resource worth sharing? Let us know in the comments below!

One of the most frequent questions that we get at TCP is also one of the easiest to answer.

What presentation software do you use?

PowerPoint all the way. If it was good enough for Jesus in the 90’s, surely it’s good enough for him today.

Of course, I’m kidding.

pro5_overviewChurch presentation software (CPS) has come so much further than PowerPoint would ever allow. And if there is one that outshines them all, it’s ProPresenter.

I’ve had the privilege of working with every CPS available. Whether you’re projecting song lyrics, displaying sermon points, or playing videos, ProP is going to do it better than any other piece of software. I’ve used it in small venues like youth groups, Sunday morning services of all sizes, and even large conferences of up to 20,000 attendees. It’s worked great for me everywhere.

Here’s three reasons why we’d recommend it for any church:

IT’S RELIABLE. You can be confident that ProPresenter is going to work as hard as you do to make Sunday morning great. In fact, it’s one of the most dependable pieces of software that I’ve ever used.

IT’S POWERFUL. I put ProPresenter through the ringer on Sundays and it’s fully capable of keeping up. It has seamless transitions, plays just about any format of media, and has the smoothest playback you’ll find.

IT’S SIMPLE. While it performs like a professional product, it’s very easy to use. I’ve trained volunteers to run a service in a matter of minutes and to create high-quality presentations in less than 30 minutes.

Check out all of the ProPresenter 5 features here.

Version 5, their latest release, is available on the Renewed Vision website for $399 for a single license or $799 for a site license. Keep in mind that you’ll only need the site license if you plan on running ProP on multiple computers at the same time.

For example, you could legally install it on both your pastor’s laptop and the church’s presentation computer with the single license. But, if you wanted to use ProP in the main auditorium and your kid’s ministry at the same time on Sundays, you’d need the site license.

TCP Tip: All of my ProPresenter enthusiasm is strictly directed towards the Mac-based software. If you’ve got an Apple Computer and ProP, you can take on the world. However, in my opinion, you will not get the same experience with the Windows-based version. For PC’s, I’d recommend something like MediaShout, though this will nowhere compare to the performance of the ProPresenter/Mac combo.

What church presentation software do you use?

Introducing The “Shift Media Creator” App


Unknown-1Our friends over at Shift Worship made a big announcement this week that I believe is going to make a huge impact in the Church Media world. With the release of their “Shift Media Creator” app, you’re able to create custom, high-quality motions right from your iPhone. I downloaded this $5.99 app to check it out for myself and it far exceeded my expectations. No matter the size of your church or budget, this is a must-have for your ministry. The ability to create custom backgrounds for your services so easily is huge.

“You could keep finding worship media the way you’ve always done it. Search. Sort. Search some more. Or you could use that powerful, high-end camera you’ve got in your pocket to shoot exactly the image you want, quickly and easily make it exactly the right size – and make it gorgeous – before sending it straight to your ShiftWorship account to download into your software.

It’s fast. It’s easy. It’s fun. And it puts all the creative power right in your hands. Worship media will never be the same.”

Find out more about Shift Media Creator here.

What do you think about this app? Will you download it?

Free Motion of the Month – April 2014


This month, we’ve partnered with the good folks over at Shift Worship to bring you an awesome motion for your Easter service. It comes from their new Lightburst collection that’s a recent favorite of mine. Be sure to check out their All Access Pass for more motions like these at a great price!

This freebie is only available for the month of April 2014.
This download includes HD, SD, and Still versions.
This motion is free to download, but please do not redistribute. (Please link back to this page.)

To get this free motion, simply subscribe to receive our weekly email newsletter. You’ll receive your download link via email within the hour.


Twelve Awesome Easter Freebies


Easter Sunday is almost here and it’s likely that your church will experience your highest attendance numbers for the year. Making a good impression on visitors is crucial and communicating the Resurrection message in a fresh way to your regulars makes a huge difference. To keep you lookin’ good for your big service, we searched all over the web for the latest and greatest free resources for the holiday. Check them out below and spread the word!

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Have you found any other cool Easter freebies? Share them with us in the comments below!